Jamie Lee Jones took a job in 2005 with Overseas Administrative Services, a unit of Halliburton Company/ Kellog Brown & Root. Within days of getting to her new home in the Green Zone, she alleges, co-workers drugged and raped her in her bedroom.
When she sued, Halliburton/KBR moved to compel arbitration of all claims. It cited language calling for such treatment of claims that "related to your employment" or involved personal injury "arising in the workplace" or "in or about a Company workplace." The Fifth Circuit split 2-1 in holding that the agreement didn't cover causes of action that arose from the sexual assault. Jones v. Halliburton Co., No. 20380 (5th Cir. Sept. 15, 2009).